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10 Dec 2018 description


Over the last few months, the peaceful coexistence of people living in Gedeo and West Guji has been disturbed. The Gedeo–Guji tension has resulted in thousands of people being displaced from their homes by violence. Nongovernmental organizations, such as Catholic Relief Services and World Vision, are collaborating with the Government of Ethiopia to address people’s immediate needs through holistic responses for internally displaced people (IDPs)—addressing health, nutrition, sanitation and shelter needs.

03 Jul 2017 description


The year 2015 marked the 10th anniversary of the Global Shelter Cluster, the inter-agency coordination mechanism for shelter response. During these ten years, coordination has improved in consistency, shelter responses have grown in scale, and there are more people with experience in shelter programming, but people continue to lose their dwellings and be displaced due to conflict and natural disasters. Global humanitarian shelter needs continue to greatly exceed the capacity and resources to respond.

03 Mar 2017 description

BALTIMORE, MD/NAIROBI, February 27, 2017 – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is mounting an emergency response to assist some of the 23 million people facing hunger in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

A combination of violence, insecurity and weather upheavals made increasingly worse by climate change has brought on this crisis to East Africa, with some areas of South Sudan now facing a famine. In Somalia, the hunger crisis has reached a new high, with millions of people on the brink of famine.

11 Dec 2015 description

New Report Outlines Requirements and Response Plan to Save Lives



Kim Pozniak

Catholic Relief Services



26 Oct 2015 description

Climate change is being held largely to blame for two consecutive seasons of failed and erratic rains in 2015. Catholic Relief Services is supporting efforts to manage the crisis, but is urging preparedness as the El Niño weather disturbance could mean more lost harvests well into 2016.

22 Oct 2013 description

BALTIMORE, MD, October 22, 2013 – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is joining a program that connects farmers in the United States with their counterparts around the world for training and technical assistance. The CRS project will focus on East Africa.

“The program will use the expertise of U.S. Catholics and non-Catholics to help the impoverished communities we serve in this part of Africa,” said Bruce White, director for the program.

11 Dec 2012 description

Ethiopia is a beautiful country, rich in culture and history but also a place where droughts frequently devastate harvests, leading to severe hunger. CRS helps communities in crisis get the water they need and also works on long-term approaches to keep the water flowing.

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16 Oct 2012 description

Commits $150 million to Fight Hunger; Unveils New CRS Rice Bowl Name and Program

Baltimore, MD, October 16, 2012 – Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) today unveiled CRS Rice Bowl, a major revamp of the agency's signature Lenten anti-hunger program.

“For the past 37 years during the season of Lent, Catholics in the United States participate in a popular program called Operation Rice Bowl. Today, I am announcing that we are renaming it CRS Rice Bowl”, said Woo.

25 Jul 2012 description

More than 9 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in the Horn of Africa where late and erratic rains have brought only partial relief to a region that was gripped by drought and famine a year ago.

“We’ve seen some improvement in the region because of humanitarian efforts but unless we continue with our response, any gains made since last year’s emergency could be wiped out because of continued drought and increasing food prices,” says David Orth-Moore, CRS’ regional director for East Africa. “Millions still need our assistance.”

07 Jun 2012 description

Nearly one year after the Horn of Africa found itself in a food crisis because of a severe drought, and famine was declared in Somalia, David Orth-Moore, CRS’ regional director for East Africa, talked to us about the causes of the emergency and what CRS has been doing to help those affected in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

Listen to the podcast here.

What happened in the late summer of 2011 when much of Eastern Africa was affected by a severe drought?

22 May 2012 description

Imagine you lived in Ethiopia, where millions of people like Keddo do not know where their next meal will come from. Before they could rely on their farms to provide much needed food to eat and to sell, but increasingly unreliable rains have changed this. Now many families must sell precious household items like their chickens or goats just to get through the hungry season. They are increasingly trapped in a cycle of poverty and hunger.

But imagine that something simple could be done to help people like Keddo.

13 Jan 2012 description

Chris Herlinger writes for the Catholic News Service on the collaboration between the Ethiopian Catholic Church and Catholic Relief Services to combat drought and recurring food shortages.

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (CNS) — Climate change-induced drought that has afflicted the Horn of Africa presents the opportunity for the Catholic Church in Ethiopia to work more closely with the government to address food shortages and development concerns, said an official of the country’s bishops’ conference.

06 Jan 2012 description

Somalia is the hardest hit of the East African countries stricken by drought. The United Nations estimates that more than 3 million people are suffering from inadequate nutrition. And nearly 250,000 Somalis are at risk of starvation if immediate lifesaving interventions do not reach them.

A critical shortage of food in their communities has forced many Somalis to migrate to Ethiopia, Kenya, and to urban areas in Somalia. An estimated 1.5 million Somalis have been displaced in their own country, and an additional 320,000 have fled Somalia during the last year.

05 Jan 2012 description

Catholic News Service reports once again from the frontlines of the East Africa food crisis, this time focusing on the drought’s impact on women.

NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) — The year 2011 was not good for women such as Joan Ochieng. Just about everything was a struggle.

“We were not treated fairly,” the Nairobi resident and single mother said of life in 2011, noting the many pressures, including spiraling food prices that caused her and her family of four children and one grandchild to often go to bed hungry.

05 Dec 2011 description

By Michael Hill

Bishop Abraham Desta walked out into his compound in the Ethiopian town of Meki. You might look at the overgrown grass and cringe, thinking only of a hard day behind the lawn mower. Bishop Desta looked at it and smiled.

"This looks wonderful," he says.

The fact that the grass was growing and his small orchard of fruit trees was healthy meant one thing: Rain had been falling. This is not always the case in this part of Ethiopia, the Oromiya region south of the capital Addis Ababa.

25 Oct 2011 description

CRS Spearheads a USAID-Sponsored Learning Initiative to Fight Hunger with Keyhole Garden Technology

Nairobi, Kenya, October 24, 2011 – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) will host a four day workshop “Home-Grown” Keyhole Gardens for Disaster Risk Reduction Learning Initiative in Lesotho from October 25-28, which aims to spread the knowledge of this simple program that can have significant impact on food insecurity and malnutrition.

20 Sep 2011 description

Contact: Kim Pozniak Catholic Relief Services (410) 951-7281 kim.pozniak@crs.org

Baltimore, MD, September 19, 2011 — CRS is rapidly scaling up its response in the Horn of Africa, committing to a five-year strategy that will directly address the short, medium, and long-term needs of hundreds of thousands of people living in drought-affected areas of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.

24 Aug 2011 description

By David Snyder

In his seventies, Mussie Sala moves with ease among the lush green fruit trees and broad-leafed cornstalks of his farm. It is a plot, really—just six-tenths of an acre—but a plot that is flourishing amid the rapidly browning landscape of Ethiopia. It's a godsend garden for a farmer who has seen enough lean years in his seven decades to know how special this oasis of green really is.

22 Aug 2011 description

As the food crisis across the Horn of Africa is intensifying, Catholic Relief Services will help thousands of Somali refugees in northeast Kenya by providing critical services in the soon-to-be opened Kambioos extension to the Dadaab refugee camp.

CRS is making a five-year commitment to work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to provide 25,000 people with water and sanitation infrastructure in Kambioos, while also aiding the surrounding communities affected by the influx of refugees.

11 Aug 2011 description

By David Snyder

In the comfortable style of an African mother, Sedo Ismael supports the youngest of her two children easily across her back as she goes about the endless tasks of a rural village woman. Nearby, bees buzz around a stand of yellow-painted hives, their labor, like hers, helping the Ismael family to weather another crippling season of food shortages here in their rural community in eastern Ethiopia.